Congressman George Santos (NY-03) introduced a bill named after rapper Nicki Minaj on Tuesday morning (April 18) with the goal of limiting federal vaccine mandates. The Medical Information Nuanced Accountability Judgement Act, or the MINAJ Act , would prohibit any Federal Government from imposing any mandate requiring an individual to receive a vaccine that has not been approved for marketing for at least ten years, according to the official press release.
“Medical Freedom is an absolute right,” expressed Rep. George Santos in a statement.
“I urge my colleagues to join me in this mission to block tyrannical and draconian measures from being utilized by the Federal Government. If a public health emergency has been declared, then the federal agency looking to impose the mandate must submit a report to Congress and highlight the intent as well as the research behind the vaccine.”
The news was first shared on Twitter on Monday (April 17) by Semafor political reporter Kadia Goba. The tweet noted seven bills introduced by the controversial representative.
“Ahem. Rep. George Santos just dropped seven bills in the hopper. Among them, The Minaj Act, named for — yes, you guessed it — rapper Nikki [sic] Minaj that establishes a development period for new vaccines in order to generate public confidence,” tweeted out the journalist.
Unless a public health emergency is declared, the Federal Government may not establish, implement, or enforce any mandate requiring an individual to receive a vaccine that has not been authorized for marketing for at least ten years, according to the MINAJ Act.
The bill’s background information cites The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the COVID-19 response, claiming that vaccination mandate measures disproportionately impacted individuals working in healthcare facilities, hospitals, the military, and other federal vendors and contractors. The bill also proposes that unvaccinated Americans be subjected to different rules for masking, quarantines, and other intrusive measures.